Night Beat

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Saddled with soaring strings and vocal choruses for maximum crossover potential, Sam Cooke's solo material often masked the most important part of his genius -- his glorious voice -- so the odd small-group date earns a special recommendation in his discography. Thankfully, Cooke's voice took center stage on this admirably low-key session from February 1963, recorded in Los Angeles with a quartet of studio veterans. Unlike so many session crews and producers of the time, these musicians gave him plenty of space and often simply framed Cooke's breathtaking vocals. On one of the best tracks here, "Lost and Lookin'," he's barely accompanied at all; only bass and cymbals can be ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Saddled with soaring strings and vocal choruses for maximum crossover potential, Sam Cooke's solo material often masked the most important part of his genius -- his glorious voice -- so the odd small-group date earns a special recommendation in his discography. Thankfully, Cooke's voice took center stage on this admirably low-key session from February 1963, recorded in Los Angeles with a quartet of studio veterans. Unlike so many session crews and producers of the time, these musicians gave him plenty of space and often simply framed Cooke's breathtaking vocals. On one of the best tracks here, "Lost and Lookin'," he's barely accompanied at all; only bass and cymbals can be heard far in the background. The results are wonderful -- except for his early Soul Stirrers sides, Night Beat is the best place to marvel at one of the two or three best voices of the century. The songs are intimate blues, most taken at the pace of a late-night stroll, but despite the dark shading and heart-rending tempos, Cooke's voice is so transcendent it's difficult to become depressed while listening. Cooke also wrote three of the songs, including the excellent "Mean Old World," and rendered the traditional "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" practically unfamiliar with his own re-arrangement. Cooke also stretches out on a pair of jump blues classics, "Little Red Rooster" and "Shake, Rattle and Roll," summoning some honest grit for the former and putting the uptown swing into the latter. He also allows some solo space, from Barney Kessel's simple, unadorned solo on "Get Yourself Another Fool" to Billy Preston's playful organ vocalizing on "Little Red Rooster." If Sam Cooke had lived longer, there would've been several more sessions like this, but Night Beat is an even richer treasure for its rarity.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2006
  • Label: Tombstone Records
  • EAN: 4988017637821
  • Catalog Number: 37670

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sam Cooke Primary Artist, Vocals
Billy Preston Organ
Barney Kessel Guitar
Hal Blaine Drums
Rene Hall Guitar, Conductor, Leader
Cliff Hills Bass
Ray Johnson Piano
Raymond Johnson Piano
Clifton White Guitar
Clifford White Guitar
Eddie Hall Bass, Drums
Edward Hall Drums
Technical Credits
Ray Charles Author
Sam Cooke Arranger, Composer
James W. Alexander Composer
Mississippi Fred McDowell Composer
Hugo & Luigi Producer, Original Liner Notes
Peter Guralnick Liner Notes
David Hassinger Engineer
Michael Hill Liner Notes
Bill Lacey Mastering
Bob Ludwig Material
Luigi Author
James Alexander Composer
Rob Santos Reissue Producer
Robert Palmer Liner Notes
Mabel Cordle Composer
Robert Geddins Composer
Jerry Fuller Composer
Traditional Composer
Lowell Jordan Composer
Dianne Spoto Package Manager
Jess Rand Author
Chester Burnett Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow

    Some of the best I have ever heard. Period.

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